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Laura Goertzen

Laura Goertzen age 85, passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Memorial Hospital.

A Memorial services will be held at 1 P.M., Monday, October 4th at the Monroe Evangelical Free Church near Murphy. Rev. Mark Dunham and Rev. Joe Mullarkey will officiate. Interment will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday at the Mennonite Brethren Cemetery north of Henderson. Visitation will be 5 - 7 P.M. on Sunday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Memorials may be made to Christian Resource Center. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Laura Mae Suderman, the daughter of Jacob and Agatha Suderman, was born in Hillsboro, Kansas on April 15, 1936 and passed away in Aurora, Nebraska on September 28, 2021, at the age of 85.

Laura grew up in rural Hillsboro, Kansas on a farm. At a young age, she realized her need for Savior. She attended Tabor College after graduating high school in Hillsboro.

On June 5, 1956, Laura was married to Ken Goertzen at Hillsboro, Kansas. They made their first home near rural Henderson, where Ken farmed. In 1965, they moved to rural Aurora where he continued to farm. In 1987, they moved into Aurora. Ken and Laura enjoyed spending 14 years in Mesa, Arizona during the winter months.

Laura was involved in Christian Women's Club, the Fine Arts Board for the Hamilton Community Foundation, and volunteered at the Thrift Store for the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Laura initiated and was involved in many small group bible studies over the years and enjoyed them very much. Ken and Laura loved hosting friends, neighbors or newcomers to the community.

Those who remain to cherish her memory are her three children, Donovan (Lori) Goertzen of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Valerie (Lee) Friesen of Lincoln and Rick (Rebecca) Goertzen of Aurora; 7 grandchildren, Donoval Paul Goertzen II of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lexie Goertzen of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jonathan (Anniece) Friesen of Aurora, Landon Friesen of Omaha, Riley (Tricia) Friesen of Franklin, Tennessee, Ryan Goertzen of Lincoln, Nebraska and Jack Goertzen of Aurora; great-grandson, Tobin Friesen of Aurora and great-granddaughter, Scout Friesen of Franklin, Tennessee; and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken; parents; brothers, Paul and Melvin Suderman, sister Malinda Suderman; sister-in-law, Elda; and great-granddaughter, Lucy Garland Friesen.

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